The Scotsman

Trust appoints contractor for capital flats

- By SCOTT REID

An empty office building on Edinburgh’s Gorgie Road is to be converted into flats following the appointmen­t of a contractor for the multi-millionpou­nd project.

LAR Housing Trust, the Fifebased housing charity, said it hadappoint­edclarkcon­tracts to convert Westwood House into 47 “mid-market” rental flats.

The trust bought Westwood House, which had been lying empty for five years, last December for an undisclose­d sum and secured planning permission for the organisati­on’s first commercial-toresident­ial conversion project earlier this year.

Ann Leslie, LAR’S chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Clark Contracts for such an important project, which marks our first foray into the Edinburgh market.

“This was a modern, openplan office building, but will now be converted into high quality flats in an area of the city in desperate need of affordable rental homes.”

The completed developmen­t will consist of 18 one-bed, 27 two-bed and two three-bed flats with work scheduled to get underway this month.

Michael Scanlan, director, Clark Contracts, said: “We are looking forward to completing this landmark project for LAR Housing Trust.

“We are equally excited to be delivering their first project in Edinburgh which will provide muchneeded­affordable­housing for the local area.”

In total, LAR now has 24 sites either completed, in planning or under constructi­on across Scotland providing more than 600 homes.

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Ann Leslie – delight at appointing Clark Contracts

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